Date: Tue, 17 Oct 1995 04:20:50 -0400
From: Bob Haas rahaas[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]HAMLET.UNCG.EDU
Subject: Re: might could
On Tue, 17 Oct 1995, Aaron Drews wrote:
Well, I know Scots and non-standard Scottish dialects of English
use double modals. And there were one or two Lowlanders that settled in
the southern States. My guess is that it got started back when could was
a full lexical verb.... 17th century, maybe, I don't know. My HEL is a
wee bit rusty.
Thanks for the info, I always wondered what constructions like "might
could" were called. I reckon I might should'a looked it up.
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
rahaas[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]hamlet.uncg.edu